Adrenal stress symptoms are similar to menopausal symptoms—nervous tension, mild to severe depression, irritability, fatigue, and unpredictable mood swings. Stressful living and poor eating habits mean many women reach their menopausal years with prematurely worn out adrenals. Depleted adrenals cannot help a woman achieve her new hormone balance after menopause. As I travel around the country, talking to women about more natural ways to deal with menopausal symptoms, it’s almost the first question I ask when a woman complains of dramatic symptoms. Excessive hot flashes, and extreme fatigue are the first two things I hear, so it’s a pretty safe bet that she has swollen, exhausted adrenals. Results are quick for many women. Changing your habits to support long term adrenal health will almost certainly result in eliminating unpleasant menopausal symptoms. Are your adrenals exhausted? Three or more yes answers should alert you.
Lack of energy or alertness? Unexplained moodiness, unusual crying spells, unfounded guilt? Severely cracked, painful heels? Nervous moistness of hands and soles of feet? Brittle, peeling nails or extremely dry skin? Frequent heart palpitations or panic attacks? Chronic heartburn and poor digestion? Chronic lower back pain (adrenal swelling)? Hypoglycemia and cravings for salt or sweets? High incidence of yeast or fungal infections? Severe reactions to odors, or to certain foods?
Stress is toxic to the adrenal glands. Adrenal exhaustion can keep you locked in a low-energy/high-stress loop. Herbs are some of the best therapy I know for revitalizing swollen, exhausted adrenal glands. For acute stress reactions: try herbal nervines like scullcap, St. John’s wort, kava, passionflower, valerian, chamomile. Chronic stress: consider herbs like licorice, black cohosh, ashwagandha, Siberian eluthero, sarsaparilla, gotu kola. For adrenal integrity, try Vitamin C 5000 mg daily.
You can revitalize your adrenal health with seaweed. Sea vegetables act as total body tonics to restore female vitality during menopause. Add seaweeds to your diet like nori, wakame, dulse, arame and kelp (2 tbsp. daily, chopped into salads and soups). Sea vegetables are a rich source of fat-soluble vitamins like D, K which assist with production of steroidal hormones like estrogen, and DHEA that support the female body during menopause. New studies indicate that up to 40% of the U.S. population is deficient in Vitamin D. Eating sea veggies is a great way to shore up a Vitamin D deficiency while supporting adrenal gland health.
To Life-long health, Linda Page